Did you know that Singapore brands can and will make and design almost anything and everything from homemade nougats, watches to modern cheongsam? So, in the month of our nation’s birthday, what better way to celebrate than to choose some of the best of these uniquely Singapore finds?
We got so inspired by The Little Drom store’s super cute Strangely Singaporean badges that we did our own take on what these seven types of Singaporeans would wear. Flaunt your inner cafe-hopping hipster-ness, or celebrate your “stylo milo” street style cred with these seven super moodboards:
FOR THE LAZY SINGAPOREAN
Since Singapore weather is so often hot and humid, who could blame us for having the tee-and-shorts as our unofficial “lazy day” attire? Seize the chance to grab these stylish tees, with a humorous slogan or two; and why not grab one for your dear daddy too.
In order of appearance:
1. Evenodd cotton tee, $109, W.E.
2. Depression spikes polyester tee, $59
3. Friends From aFar Sky/Sea cotton tee, $59, Threadbare & Squirrel
4. Roof Industries Singa x Roof cotton tee, $29.90
5. Foon Foono jellyfish cotton tee, $49, Matchbox
6. Bossini x Student designers “Good Morning Singapore” cotton tee by Denise Claire Phua Mun-Yi, $23
7. Revasseur Ships Ahoy! polyester-blend tee, $109, Superspace
8. Statement Danger High Voltage cotton tee, $29.90, Naiise
9. Little Drom Store Strangely Singaporean badges, $20 each
FOR THE SINGAPORE HIPSTER
We’re talking about those who have no qualms about standing on chairs for that perfect Instagram lunch snap; or taking props out with them for that #SundayFunday photo. (Hey it’s called styling it right, and the herworldPLUS team is just as guilty of it too!) So why not just embrace it and take style cues from our national hues for Singapore’s birthday. Don’t you agree that a picnic along Marina Barrage on National Day sounds so idyllic and picture-perfect too?
1. Chope! book, $29, The Little Drom Store
2. Hansel polyester-crepe blend dress, $245.25
3. Wild geranium and red rice soap bar, $8.90 each
4. Sco Sunlover Facescreen SPF 50 PA+++, $35, from Spa Esprit, Strip, Browhaus and We Need a Hero outlets
5. Mmerciencore invigorating facial mist, $29.50
6. HyperGrand tartan NATO strap watch, $160, Robinsons Orchard
7. Made Little baby towel from the baby toiletries set, $68, SPUR Hauswerks at Pact
8. Made Little apple bib, $15, SPUR Hauswerks at Pact
9. Made Little bunny to from the baby toiletries set, $68
10. Al & Alicia x Rockstar cotton shirt, $109, Rockstar
11. Flavour Favours boxed snacks, from $6.90 for three cookies
12. TWG Singapore Breakfast Tea, $58
FOR THE SINGAPORE VINTAGE LOVER
These things may not be true-blue vintage finds but the avid thrift-store fiend will know even better than us on where best to grab thrifted curios in Singapore. Here, we sussed out items retrolicious enough for the nostalgic feel that these flea market frequenters so love; it’s also in tribute to vanishing flea markets like the Sungei Road Thieves Market (please don’t disappear!).
1. Kihara x Design Singapore HDB ceramic plates and chopstick holder set, $48
2. Mojoko Star Wars-inspired skywalker ceramic tile, $100
3. The Little Drom Store Playground plush, $22
4. Emblem leather flats, $160, Threadbare & Squirrel
5. Ong Shunmugam silk chiffon cheongsam, $499
FOR THE SINGAPORE CULTURE VULTURE
The museum-visiting Singaporean may be less of a rare bird than you would think, if the recent upsurge of art fairs and indie bookstores is anything to go by. If the red-white combination is considered too in-your-face on national Day for this discerning local tastemaker, why not look to Peranakan culture for style inspiration? And pick up a new read from a local author while you’re at it too.
1. Charles & Keith open-toe faux leather heels, $53.90
2. Choo Yilin Peranakan topaz jade bangles with rose gold and rhodium plating, from $828 to $988 each
3. Chili crab kueh pie tee from the Peranakan High Tea, $38++ per person from Mondays to Fridays, InterContinental Singapore
4. The Invisible Manuscript by Alfian Sa’at, $16, Mondays Off
5. Ong Shunmugam brocade top, $349
6. Writemind Productions biscuit tin, $20, Mondays Off
FOR THE ‘STYLO-MILO’ MUMS & KIDS
Lucky kids these days, for their mums are dressing them up so well! So to all those fashionista mums out there, seize this opportunity to deck out your offspring in the best of these designed-in-Singapore finds; there are more than a few options for your equally stylish kid too.
1. Raoul viscose-lycra blend dress, $430, Raoul, available in Raoul stores from end August 2014.
2. Charles & Keith lucite heel sandals, $59.90
3. By Invite Only necklace, $49, Rockstar
4. Skin Inc.My Daily Dose customisable serums, $169 each
5. Gummi Nails x Depression nail decal, $16, Depression
6. Revasseur prize ribbon badge, $18, Superspace
7. In Good Company mini me Blair drape dress, $139
8. Flavour Favours demi cookie box, $20.90 for a box of 10 cookies
FOR THE SINGAPORE OFFICE SUPERHERO
To power you through your work week, get your dose of all-Singapore goodness, from refreshing iced teas, kitschy mug and snazzy shoes to your cute new desk pal (which can also double as your “chope” table item for lunch hour). We’ve also found you a cosy sweater to keep you warm in that freezing office — we so get that problem too!
1. In Good Company Nyota cotton top, $129
2. Carrie K. clockwork leather necklace, $335, W.E.
3. Charles & Keith perforated lace-up flats, $56.90
4. I Don’t Friend You book by The Little Drom Store, $19, The Little Drom Store
5. Mother & Child Samsui woman namecard holder, $15, Moses
6. Evenodd sweater, $109, W.E.
7. Mmerciencore Blonde Honey candle, $49
8. Hansel HDB badge, $21.75
9. HyperGrand tartan NATO strap watch, $160, Robinsons Orchard
10. Happy Rabbit Co. cup set, $30, Naiise
11. TWG Iced Teabags, $35
FOR THE SINGAPORE FOODIE IN ALL OF US
We’re not the least bit shy about boasting about and sharing our love for food; it’s one of the so-Singaporean things that we talk about endlessly. So grab these for tea break, in celebration of our favourite homegrown brands who have conquered the hearts (and stomachs) of Singaporeans and our international friends abroad, as well as some up-and-coming brands who make practically everything from their own jams to nougats now.
1. GSH Conserves Dragonfruit & Lychee jam, $4, Naiise
2. Mofo Chili Dodge the Bullet chili sauce, $10, Naiise
3. Assorted Teochew mooncakes, $25.80 for a box of four and assorted Tau Sar Piah $1.60 each, all from Thye Moh Chan
4. Bakerzin Riviera sponge cake, $35
5. 3 Bites Full cranberries with roasted almond nougats, $8.50, Naiise
6. Goodwood Park Hotel Premium Durian Snowskin Combo, $68 for 4 pieces
7. And All Things Delicious scones, $15 for 6 pieces
8. Antoinette Opera L’amour and Le Royale chocolate cakes, $9 each
9. Peranakan slippers from the Peranakan High Tea, $38++ per person from Mondays to Fridays, InterContinental Singapore
10. BreadTalk chia seed toast, $3.40 for four slices
Styling: Hong Xinying and Shi Tianyun; Art direction: Michelle Tham; Photography: Zaphs Zhang
Antoinette store locations can be found online here.
And All Things Delicious is located at 462 Crawford Lane, #01-61.
Bakerzin store locations can be found online here.
BreadTalk store locations can be found online here.
Bossini store listings can be found online here.
Browhaus outlets can be found here http://www.browhaus.com/sg_en/#.
Charles & Keith store listings can be found online here.
Choo Yilin is located at 331 Joo Chiat Road, by appointment only. Call 6348 1017 for more information.
Depression is located at Cineleisure Orchard, #03-05A.
Flavour Favours can be ordered online; visit its Facebook page for more information.
Goodwood Park Hotel is located at 22 Scotts Road, call 6737 7411 for more information.
Hansel is located at Mandarin Gallery, #02-14.
In Good Company is available at www.ingoodcompany.asia and at Level 2 Tangs Orchard.
InterContinental Singapore is located at 80 Middle Road, call 6338 7600 for more information.
Matchbox is a multi-label boutique located at Orchard Central, #02-24/25.
Mmerciencore aromatherapy products are available online here.
Mondays Off is a multi-label boutique located at 76 Haji Lane.
Moses is a socially-conscious boutique that retails items handmade by the psychiatric disabled in Singapore. Shop for its products at Citylink Mall, #B1-07A.
Naiise is running a pop-up store from now ‘til August 20 at the Orchard Central level one atrium; shop the e-retailer online at naiise.com.
Ong Shunmugam is located at Hong Leong Building, #B1-36, by appointment only. Call 6223 4804 for more information.
Raoul is located at Paragon, #02-49 and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B2-17.
Robinsons Orchard is located at 260 Orchard Rd.
Rockstar is located at #03-08, Orchard Cineleisure and 22 Orchard Road.
Roof Industries tees can be bought online here.
Skin Inc. store locations can be found online here.
Spa Esprit outlets can be found here.
SPUR Hauswerks at Pact is located at Orchard Central, #02-22.
Strip outlets can be found here.
Superspace is a multi-label boutique located at Orchard Gateway.
The Little Drom Store will re-open in mid-August 2014 at SOTA, School of the Arts, 1 Zubir Said Drive, #02-01. Visit the e-shop at www.thelittledromstore.com.
Threadbare & Squirrel is a multi-label boutique located at 660 North Bridge Road.
Thye Moh Chan store locations can be found online here.
TWG Tea store locations can be found online here.
We Need a Hero is at #01-86 57 Eng Hoon Street.
The W.E. (Workshop Element) pop-up store is located at 313@Somerset, #03-01/02.
Wild bath and beauty products are available online; check out its e-store here.